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in washington were both offering assurances they could find other ways to pass health care without their 60-vote supermajority in the senate and also writing its obituary. congressman anthony wiener saying you can make a pretty good argument that health care might be dead. but restorative measures under way. the white house pushing the congress to bypass the senate by having the house vote on the exact bill that already passed the senate instead of the compromise bill now worked on by congressional negotiators and send that to the president for his signature. house speaker nancy pelosi previously poured cold water on that option. this afternoon she suggested it would not be necessary, though she did not explain why. >> our eye is on the ball of passing legislation. in order to do that, we have to resolve some differences, establish some priorities, make some decisions. and that's what we're doing. whether -- whatever happens in massachusetts, we have to do that. and whatever happens in massachusetts, we will have quality, affordable health care for all americans, and it will be soon. >> earlier,
washington post" reporter bob woodward to follow the money he was urging him to track the financing of burglars who had broken into the democratic party's national committee offices at the watergate complex. the political money was in total a couple million dollars. what was unleashed today could easily be billions. later, my special comment on the opening of pandora's box by the supreme court. we begin with the latest details, the court today overturning two earlier decisions and throwing out parts of a law that has been on the books for 63 years which said companies and unions can be prohibited from using money from general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. writing for the majority justice kennedy declaring the restrictions censorship, saying that without today's ruling congress could also ban corporations from publishing political books or from posting their opinions on the internet or from releasing films like "hillary the movie" a clinton-bashing self-proclaimed documentary at the heart of the case. last year the federal election commission having blocked it
to washington to address these issues. i hope that as a nation and as a commonwealth, we can do better in the future. you know that as your attorney general i will continue to fight and address them here with everybody in massachusetts who cares about these issues. thank you. so for me and for you tonight this campaign comes to an end. but there's plenty of work to do here in massachusetts and as we continue to organize for america. and so we will always remember our terrific senator ted kennedy and his words, "the work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on." thank you. thank you. >> and good evening again from new york. the outcome from massachusetts tonight supposed to have been a forgone conclusion. how do you hold a special election to fill senator edward m. kennedy's senate seat, the one he held for 47 years and not expect a democrat to be an easy victor. instead tonight "the boston globe" reporting even before the race had been called, the democrat martha coakley, who just finished her remarks there, conceding in a phone call to scott brown. as i like to say i
by the corruption of washington and the east coast media elite. and that's why you're wearing hip waders. when you're not wearing a cunning valentin yoe frock bought for you by the party. four, aim high. always be advancing to the next level. with enough focus and drive you, too, can go from being a commercial fisher to city council, to mayor, to governor, to candidate for vice president of the united states of america. and here's the great part. if any of those gigs stop advancing you to the next level, just quit. it's not like she swore an oath or -- anywho. embrace the media. then -- this is key -- claim to hate it. here's how it works. you give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so you can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so i can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media until you finally criticize the media so much you wind up as the media. and then everybody wins. >> you betcha. >> you betcha! >> thank you very much, kent. appreciate it. it's a whole new world. >>> that about does it for us tonight. see you again tomorrow nigh
, it was said on tv 1's washington watch. we're back with willy brown the former mayor of san francisco and the former speaker of the house in california. michelle, i know people have talked to you and you're concerned about it. this is in the book "game change" quote from a conversation between the president and ted kennedy, the late ted kennedy, teddy fumed that clinton, bill clinton had said, quote, a few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee. your thoughts? >> i think it is absolutely revolting. this was not the first time that we heard this kind of statement from bill clinton and if anyone is guilty of being close to saying something racist, it's bill clinton. it's almost as if he was thinking that barack obama should be walking up to him and saying, yes, massa, can i get you some coffee? that is a horrendous statement and rather than harping on harry reid who as the president said used some very inartful language, black americans in particular need to think about what bill clinton said and remember that there is a reason that so many people say to black americans th
over? june 17, 1972 five men arrested in a burglary at democratic quarters in washington trying to tamper with phones there. that story is remembered as watergate. richard wolffe will address this political scandal. jonathan turley the potential jail time heftier. the u.s. attorney's office announcing the arrest. the affidavit describing an extraordinary period of events. flag i began the son of u.s. attorney of shreveport dressed in blue denim pants light green fluorescent shirts tool belts and construction style hard hats arriving at senator landrieu's office and claiming to be telephone repairmen and asking for access to the main phone at the landrieu reception desk. after handling the phone, the two asking for access to the main telephone closet. under the pretense of needing to perform work on the main telephone system in landrieu's offices. the men directed to another building where prosecutors say they again misrepresented themselves. already at landrieu's office when they got there, this guy the conservative activist james o'keefe, infamous for his undercover work in whi
, richard wolffe in washington on the prospect of congressional investigation, and john dean in los angeles on the republicans dirty tricks recruitment machine. >>> sarah palin, quote, republican in name only. attacked by the right for endorsing -- john mccain? it's perfect. >>> state of the union. howard fineman on a president under a microscope. gene robinson on a congress 84% of americans believe is too influenced by special interests. chris matthews and rachel maddow on whether the nation wants freezes and compromises. and the quick comment that what we need is this. >> government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob. >> all the news and commentary now on "countdown." >>> good evening from new york. the infiltration of u.s. government facilities in new orleans and the attempt to somehow alter the office phone system of a sitting u.s. senator was not, it turns out, just the work of one right-wing, quote, journalist, unquote, but in fact four right-wing men, who are not pranksters on the conservative fringe, but rather recruits of, mainstays of, and the p
. there was a typical column in the washington times where it was said o'keefe was a role model for millions of americans and a true american patriot. there are serious questions here tonight about not just the credibility of o'keefe and his previous work, but about all those people who held him up as some kind of shining example for the media and for america's youth. >> well, he is a role model for those who are interested in going into the production or starring in our series "lockup." it was almost by accident when we were talking about the original watergate, and there's nothing to suggest these two incidences are equivalent other than the phones and the break-in. almost by accident we got the information. is this being taken seriously politically in washington and is there any indication that o'keefe has ever gotten a dime from any republican or conservative organization? >> we don't know what his funding has been. there have been lots of questions asked, and not much information has come out. we know for one fact that he's media sponsorship. the web of media coverage that has promoted
done to change the way washington works doesn't yet measure up to what he wanted to do. he understands that we have got a lot to do and have a process that has to go through in order to get that done. there a lot of things we have yet to change that we will continue to work on in the 2nd and 3rd and 4th years to make that reform possible for the american people. >> the president's press secretary, robert gibbs. thanks and happy anniversary. >> i hope you got me some paper. >> for more on where health care stands in congress, let's go to our congresswoman from california of the progressive caucus. thanks for your time tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> i want to tray to explain how senator-elect brown could be involved while the idea will be on the table while they passed the senate getting passed through the house. as mr. gibbs indicated, that is still in the white house considerations as a means to get through the health care issue. is that a viable option in the point of view from yours and your caucus's point of view? >> actually i don't think very many of the democrats in the hou
ginsburg from bush v. gore and his colleagues at a top washington firm warning today -- so if you have been harboring dreams now might be the time to create a viable electable third-party alternative i guess we should be grateful for the two parties we have got. congressman james clyburn, majority whip, using the words courtocracy saying in a statement that the supreme court has now -- congressman clyburn joins us now. great thanks for your time tonight, sir. >> thank you so much for having me, keith. >> you've used this word corpocracy look like and what about it should voters most fear? >> well, if you were to look this word up, you would have a hard time finding it in various dictionaries but google it. look it up. what you will find is that it is a government that is controlled by conglomerates, corporates and many of them even with private entities. it is as clear to me as anything i've ever read anywhere that this opens the door, this ruling, this supreme court decision opens the door to the corpocracy in our society. >> as we mentioned, some chief executives writing congressional lea
to the office of the president when, in fact, it seems like, these days, anyway, deference in washington is, in fact, given to people who, however they do it, metaphorically hit other people over the head hard enough with sash weights? >> look, i think that this president has accomplished an enormous amount. keith, he would tell you what has been done to change the way washington works doesn't yet measure up to what he wanted to do. he understands that we have got a lot to do and we have a process that has to -- you have to go through in order to get that done. there are a lot of things that we have yet to change that we'll continue working on in the second, the third, and the fourth years to make that reform possible for the american people. >> the president's press secretary, robert gibbs, great thanks, happy anniversary. >> keith, i hope you got me some paper. >>> for more on where health care reform now standsed in congress, let's turn to congresswoman lynn woolsey of california, co-chair of the congressional progressive caucus. congresswoman, thanks for your time tonight. >> thanks for
trip down the trail, lights welcome in chris hays, washington editor of "the nation" magazine. good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> we'll get to the so-called journalism aspect with our next guest but if we stipulate those four guys were not wiretapping and didn't at first anyway try to disable phones, did their actions make a little more sense in the context we just laid out? >> they make sense in this respect. this is part of a long conservative right wing tradition. if you go back and read a great historian of the modern right, rick pearl shgt and he wrote about goldwater and nixon, there's actually a name for this in the right wing subculture, too profane to utter on the airç but it's something that republicans like karl rove have been doing for years. if you read documentation and say a college republican election there is all sorts of dirty tricks being played. the notion that this is anything but a manifestation of what is a very long tradition in conservative politics is crazy. it's obviously coming from what many on the right have been doing for decades. >> something t
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. alongside rachel maddow with me and chris matthews in washington. we will replay and analyze the president's afternoon at the meeting. the president today traveling to baltimore to open a dialogue with his republican critics two days after the state of the union address where he challenged lawmakers directly, that if anything were to be accomplished, the tone would need to change. the first thing to change, today's question and answer period would be televised. the white house asking last night to make that happen. the president believe ng a real debate. >> having differences of opinion. having a real debate about matters of domestic policy and national security, that's not something only good for our country. it's absolutely essential. it's only through the process of disagreement and debate that bad ideas get tossed out and good ideas get refined and made better. that kind of vigorous back and forth, that imperfect, but well founded process, messy as it is, is at the heart of our democracy. what makes us the greatest nation of the world. >> wednesday night, the president said he planned
in "the washington post" simply, quote, pass a meaningful health insurance reform package without delay. let's bring in ezra klein who covers economic and domestic policy for "the washington post." great thanks for your time tonight, ezra. >> good evening, keith. >> let me start with you with this breaking news, the idea and it mainlines into your area of expertise, that the president is going to try to at least appear to work on the budget deficit by freezing an area encompassing $477 billion worth of domestic spending during the state of the union address night after tomorrow. is this -- has this been in fact in the works for a while and do we have any idea what he's talking about? >> sure. we have seen leaks for a little bit now. i didn't actually expect him to go here. you have to keep your eye on two different balls. number one, they are going to propose specific cuts -- that is to say some programs will go up, think education here, maybe community health centers, and others will go down so it isn't an across-the-board freeze. some things go down and some things go up and the net r
senator reid as the leader. let's turn to our own howard fineman, senior washington correspondent for "newsweek" magazine. good evening. yesterday, members of mr. mcconnell's conference, senator cornyn particularly, were calling for senator reid to step down as majority leader and repeatedly given the chance to throe gasoline on that fire today. as we just heard the minority leader tamped down the embers, backed away from the scene. is that -- does he think that the democrats will implode on this? or is he actually dee clarg the attempt to removing senator reid on the part of the gop over? >> well, i think there are a couple of things going on here, keith. first, let me say that feingold's staff called harry reid's office today and said, hey, we're on board, don't worry about it. so all the democrats are behind harry reid right now. i think the republicans 'calculations are twofold. number one, harry reid is in trouble politically in nevada. from their point of view, they see him as a weakened majority lead err. they would just as soon keep him there. i think -- that's what they'r
taxpayers had bailed those banks out. >> but what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. we can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side. a belief that if you lose, i win. neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. >> president asking for another change in tone when it comes to any discussion of american national security. topic that took up a good chunk of the latter part of tonight's speech. >> i know that all of us love this country. all of us are committed to its defense. so let's put aside the school yard talks about who is tough. let's reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values. let's leave behind the fear and division and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for america and for the world. >> among those seated was the first lady. women from pennsylvania who met the president when he toured a jobs training site that got stimulus money, a man from arizona whose
senior washington correspondent and columnist for "newsweek." good evening. >> hi, keith. >> that closing minute or so seemed perhaps shocking in its rejection of the do anything, sacrifice any principle, fear that has prevailed for so long, correct? >> oh, it was a departure. and it's interesting for a few reasons. one is that that's obama. obama prides himself on his cool, on his calm, his collectiveness. that's a virtue. two, he wanted to remind people of one of the reasons he was elected. this is a guy with a broad gauge and deep sense of the country, broader perhaps than merely the way george w. bush handled things. that's one of the reasons why he was elected. and there's a political dplen , dimension, too, keith. it's clear the republicans are going to go after him. it's clear they're about division and they're about fear. they think for patriotic reasons but for whatever and president obama wants to get the higher ground before they come back in town. >> clearly, they've already started that. and this was somewhat veiled. he never referenced any political parties but it was quite
telling "the washington post" quote, the book came out and everybody went, whoa, what happened. nobody knew he had a book contract. another top aide, quote, he's freelancing. and there is a question as to whether that breaks party rules. also today, steele canceled a noon appearance on abc news political web cast "top line" with rick klein. he blamed the cancellation on an emergency meeting. later, it was found there was no meeting. let's bring in pulitzer prize winning columnist, clarence page. i'm glad you didn't have any emergency meetings tonight. >> that's right. >> you know michael steele. you like michael steele. explain to me what gets into him to go off script the way he does and challenge his own party on the issue of whether he should continue in this post. >> well, i have to admit, i'm surprised that this type of a relationship has gone on this long. i thought that he would have been, by now, falling in line with the tradition of party chairman. and some day, chairwoman, of being a good attack dog out there to go after the opposing party and a good fund-raiser at home. he h
to the washington editor of "the nation," chris hayes. good evening, chris. >> good evening, keith. >> stabbing mckaren ferguson, the giveaway in 1945 on the antitrust exemption. is there any chance that it or anything else really game-changing survives from the house bill? >> well, it all depends on a few factors. i mean, first of all, the investment of people like joe lieberman and ben nelson in killing good stuff. i mean, joe lieberman may be one of the most amazing moments of statesmanship basically said that one of the reasons he got rid of medicare buy-in, and threw a tantrum over it, was because the liberals liked it. if that's his operating procedure, you kind of wonder whether anything that the house progressive caucus gets too excited about it, lieberman or nelson are necessarily going to throw a fit over. if that's the case, it's going to be hard. at the same time, it is a little bit of whack-a-mole. it's going to be hard for lieberman or nelson or blanche lincoln or others to throw a fit over every individual items. and that gives me some hope that at least some of those will make it i
, washington correspondent for "newsweek" magazine. yesterday members of mr. mcconnell's congress called for reid to step down as majority leader. and as we just heard the minority leader tamped down the embers, backed away from the scene. does he think the democrats will implode on this, or is he actually declaring the attempt to remove senator reid on the gop over? >> i think there are a couple things going on here, keith. first, let me say, feingold's staff called harry reid's office today and said, hey, we're on board, don't worry about it. all the democrat are behind harry reid right now. number one, harry reid is in trouble politically in nevada. from their point of view, they see him as a weakened majority leader. they would just assume keep him there. that's what they're saying publicly. i think the real reason is, the republicans don't want so engage in a long, drawn out discussion of who's more committed to equality in this society. and who has done more politically for the african community in the last oh, say 40 years or so? because that's an argument and a discussion that th
of "the washington post". good evening. republicans are saying paul kirk must stop voting when the polls close tomorrow night. i'm sure in the event of whatever the result the democrats would disagree. in the event it's close tomorrow night should we expect recount, lawsuit, delay, stretch from either direction? >> you might get it from either side. i mean, paul kirk is the senator as far as i understand it until a new senator is certified. and, now, there is a question as to how long the democrats might take with that process in the event that coakley were to lose. but absolutely no reason that paul kirk would not vote as long as he is the u.s. senator from massachusetts. i assume he would. and so there might be some sort of fight over that and over the certification. >> talking to reporters today, the speaker of the house said, certainly the dynamic would change depending what happens in massachusetts but it doesn't mean we won't have a health care bill. there is no back to the drawing board. let's remove all doubt. we will have health care one way or the other. is the house ready to w
. if i get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in washington, so be it. i'll keep fighting for jobs and economic growth for arizona as long as i'm in the senate. >> john mccain is arizona's last line of defense. character matters. >> now, that's what he's saying. but here's what i'm hearing. perhaps no battle in our lifetime is more vital than the one john mccain fights now. the battle for his job. he's been rejected by the american elector at twice now. forget them. they're dead to him. arizona is the only place that deserves john mccain. and in this election, it's just john mccain, raw. there's no hockey mom running around saying she could see russia from her house. the original maverick is man enough to admit it. that was a dumb call. and since his party doesn't seem to have anybody else leading it, why not john mccain? who are republicans supposed to follow? liz cheney? chuck norris? what's her name? now that he'll never be president, john mccain is free to pursue a new dream, annoying barack obama. and it feels so good. john mccain is arizona's last bruised pet you lea
trip to the pacific in order to return to washington tonight. defense secretary gates canceling his own trip to stay stateside during the emergency. the president today promising a swift, coordinated, and aggressive response to a nation that was already besieged, that was already the poorest in the western hemisphere. >> we are just now beginning to learn the extent of the devastation, but the reports and images that we've seen of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart wrenching. indeed, for a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible. we will be resolute in our response, and i pledge to the people of haiti that you will have a friend and partner in the united states of america today and going forward. >> we're joined now live from the port-au-prince airport by brian williams, the anchor and the itting manager ever the nbc news and an curry and al roker and kerry sanders. our great thanks to all of you behind the scenes w
and of course chris matthews in washington, i'm keith olbermann. for the next two hours, we will replay and analyze the president's singular afternoon at the afternoon meeting, the longer excerpts coming up. the president traveling to baltimore to open a dialogue with his republican critics two days after his address where he challenged lawmakers directly if anything were to be accomplished the tone of the negotiations would need to change. the first thing to change, today's question and answer period would be televised. the white house asking last night to make that happen. the president, believing in the necessity of a real debate with an opposition, loyal or what have you. >> having differences of opinion, having a real debate about matters of domestic policy and national security, that's not something that's only good for our country. it's absolutely essential. it's only through the process of disagreement and debate that bad ideas get tossed out, good ideas get refined and made better. in that kind of vigorous back and forth, that imperfect but well founded process, messy as it oft
in howard fineman senior washington correspondent, columnist for "newsweek" magazine. happy new year. >> happy new year, keith. >> does today put any end to a political attack? does is suggest president obama is utterly soft on terror? >> of course not. this is 2010, but it could have been any time in the last 40 years as far as the republican party is concerned. what the republicans are focusing on right now, both sarah palin and michael steele westbound doing it this afternoon and this evening, is the notion that abdulmutallab will be tried in an american court as though that were some sign of weakness. the fact is, the bush administration did exactly the same thing with the shoe bomber, richard reid, did the same thing with jose padilla. it's been a proven and very effective way of not only getting information, but getting justice. that hasn't stopped as i said, either steele or palin, and they're probably as representative figures as can you get. and they're going to go after president obama because this is what republicans do, and it's what they've done arguably since at least 1
a vote in washington. but the republicans don't come into court with clean hands, so to speak. they've become the kings of the filibuster, they've become the slow walkers of all time. they don't have a lot of leg to stand on if the secretary of state in massachusetts decides to follow the law. which depending on what happens -- well, either way, he's going to do. >> one last aspect and this is not pretty. 1964-1965, the greatest years of civil rights change in this country since emancipation -- most of the elections had clear racial undertones, many had overtones, the republicans and the tea partiers will tell you what happens with scott brown tonight whether he wins or comes close is a repudiation of obama policies. it's okay to have this seat change in american history, to have an african-american president. is this vote to any degree just another you've mix teuphimstm ts rights were in the '60s? >> well, that's a good question. if you look at all the polls, barack obama is overwhelmingly liked personally by the american people. i think for most of the american people, race is in
." >>> time to bring in msnbc political analyst howard fineman, senior washington correspondent, political columnist of "newsweek" magazine. first time this year. happy new year. does today put any kind of end to political attempts to somehow suggest mr. obama is, at best, somehow inferior to mr. bush on counterterrorism or at worst, utterly soft on terror? >> of course not. this is 2010, but it could be any time in the last 40 years as far as the republican party is concerned. what the republicans are fastening on right now and both sarah palin and michael steele were doing it this afternoon and this evening -- is the notion that abdulmutallab will be tried in an american court, as though that were some sign of weakness. the fact is the bush administration did exactly the same thing with the shoe bomber. richard reid. did the same thing with jose padilla. it's actually been a proven and very effective way of not only getting information, but getting justice. but that hasn't stopped, as i said, either steele or palin. and they're as probably representative figures as you can get. and they'
>>> we're back with anne kornblut of "the washington post" and politico's jonathan martin. anne, you were just in hawaii with the president. did you sense that he sensed and the people around him, they were in the wrong place, to be in hawaii basking in the sun, even though he grew up there, at a time the country is under snow and horrible weather and just got a near miss with a bombing attack on an airplane? >> yeah. it took a couple days i think to reach a conclusion -- it certainly felt -- not initially, at first it wasn't clear what the bombing attempt was but once it became clear, it certainly felt like they needed to get out and talk more. it took them a couple days. they got there late because of the senate vote on health care. the president hadn't been back there since he wasn't a president yet and i think there was a reluctance to go rush in, drag him out of vacation immediately. they took until monday to do it. in hindsight i think they wish they'd done it sooner because they spent the rest of the week making up for it. >> a day or two earlier would have been better. >
they been in miami could have been easily treated. meanwhile, back in washington secretary of state clinton returning at dawn from her trip to the pacific aborted for this crisis. the state department coordinating the aid effort, which include soldiers from the 82nd airborne, 2,000 marines from fort lejeune, the "uss vinson" carrying helicopters and medical supplies, as well as the navy's floating hospital the "comfort" now being stocked in baltimore. president obama pledging $100 million for haiti earthquake relief. the white house also confirming the president has enlisted his two most recent predecessors, presidents george w. bush and bill clinton, to help him raise more money still. >> to the people of haiti we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. the world stands with you. and we will join with the strong network of nongovernmental organizations across the country who understand the daily struggles of the haitian people. yet even as we bring our resources to bear on this emerg
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